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AP wins News Technology award – underwater broadcast-quality live video

NEKTON 3 ©AP

The Associated Press has won the Royal Television Society’s Television Journalism Award for News Technology for its groundbreaking transmission of broadcast-quality live video from the depths of the Indian Ocean – PAN covered the launch last year

Cutting edge optical technology allowed AP to send live footage of a deep sea scientific mission through the waves without cables to hundreds of broadcasters and digital publishers across the globe in March 2019. Video was transmitted from 200 meters below the surface using the blue light region of the electromagnetic spectrum, removing the need for the submersibles and the scientists within to be tethered to fiber optic cables.
AP shares the award with Sky News, which collaborated with AP on the mission and joined the news agency on board the Nekton research vessel in the Seychelles.

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